You really can't make too much of the Pens' 2-1 loss last night to Anaheim. Forget the Ducks' record (they're somehow only .500 despite winning like 15 out of their last 17), and forget that they have Bruce Boudreau behind the bench (he's Bruce Boudreau). Any team with Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and a hot goalie is going to beat you now and again. Don't kid yourself.
Thoughts on the Paul Martin Effect after the jump...
- Paul Martin played poorly again. Let's get that out of the way. His weak pass from the half-boards to the point in the third period of a 1-1 game led to Teemu Selanne's game-winner, and no, we don't know what Paul Martin was doing setting up on the half-boards in the third period of a 1-1 game. But Paul Martin's poor play has a funny way of making people gloss over the equally glaring mistakes of other defensemen. Nothing compelled Matt Niskanen to move further into the offensive zone to collect Martin's pass. It might've been a better idea to retreat into the neutral zone because, you know, he was the only defenseman back. And, still distraught over his undressing by Corey Perry, Zybnek Michalek is curled up naked and crying in the bathtub this morning. But Paul Martin will carry the weight. He has no choice. He's the one with the $5 million salary. It doesn't matter how soft the rest of the defense is. This is the Paul Martin Effect.
|The Cottonelle to Paul Martin's Charmin|
|Will haunt your dreams|